3 simple tricks to choose what you dream

3 simple tricks to choose what you dream


Every time we go to sleep our mind enters an incredible world of fantasy. What by day would be impossible to do, at night can be experienced vividly.

Most of us do not know that we are dreaming, which means that we can not control our dreams. But there is a small group of people who can. They are called lucid dreamers .

Using their will power, they can decide how their dreams will go. In this way they can experience anything they want: from flying, to breathing underwater or visiting the most exotic places, including other worlds.

Lucid dreams also have practical uses. They are used to treat disorders related to recurring nightmares.

Some artists say they stimulate their creativity, something that was also shown in a study at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom.

There are even professional athletes who use them to practice real-life skills, since imagining those movements then helps to put them into practice and can also improve mental preparation before important events.

Being able to control dreams requires first mastering the art of being aware that one is dreaming.

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Image caption Meditating is one of the oldest techniques that are recommended to have lucid dreams.

Traditionally, to achieve this, practices such as:

  • Meditate frequently
  • Recite sentences before going to sleep (for example: “I am in control of my dreams”)
  • Take note of the dreams one remembers, to be able to identify them if they are recurrent
  • Waking up during the phase of rapid eye movements (REM) – (about 90 minutes after falling asleep), to be more conscious when one goes back to sleep

However, scientific research allowed to develop three relatively simple techniques to achieve lucid dreams, which have been proven successful.

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Image caption Realizing that you are asleep is the most difficult challenge to achieve lucid dreams.

1. Reality test

During the day, ask yourself repeatedly: ” Am I sleeping? ” And look for signs that something seems strange or out of context.

If you do this often you will find that eventually you will also perform these reality tests while you sleep.

In this way, you will be able to distinguish when you are really dreaming.

A popular version of this trick is to reread a written text. If you see that the words are transformed before your eyes you are dreaming.

Another suggestion is to close your lips and try to breathe through your mouth. Normally it is impossible, but the lucid dreamers still feel the air entering their mouths.

2. Mantras

This trick applies the traditional technique of the phrase before going to sleep, but adds some important details.

First you must establish your intention before going to bed: recite a mantra before going to sleep, for example: “The next time I dream, I will remember that I am dreaming”.

Then, imagine vividly what it would be like to become aware during a dream.

A man asleep walking on a rope over buildings, carrying a pillow and a clock
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Image caption Imagine what it would be like to daydream.

If you can retain that thought as you fall asleep, your chances of a lucid dream will increase.

3. Interrupted sleep

This technique resembles that of waking up during REM sleep, but suggests interrupting sleep at the end of the night and not the hour and a half after falling asleep.

The trick is to set the alarm earlier than usual. This is because dreams become more frequent as the night progresses.

You must wake up and then go back to sleep, but not before reiterating your intention to remember that you are dreaming .

With practice and perseverance, I could surprise you where your mind will take you … your only limit will be your imagination.

Sweet dreams!

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